Horseshoe Bay rainfall harvesting rebate

The City of Horseshoe Bay offers rebates to encourage the capture and use of rain water as a way to cut down on runoff and conserve water. Rain water may be used in the city for any non-potable, outdoor use, such as watering plants and landscape, washing cars, and filling swimming pools.  However, be sure to understand how the program works before proceeding with the purchase of rain harvesting equipment for a rebate.  The points below outline important things to know.

Steps to getting a rebate

  1. The first step is to read and understand the City’s Rainfall Harvesting Ordinance, which is section 13.11 of the City’s utilities ordinance (Chapter 13). Click the Code of Ordinances Button on the City website to read the ordinance.
  2. Determine what kind of equipment you want to install, and where you will place it on the property.


    Then, get approval from your property owner association’s  Architectural Control Committee. The ACC is separate from the City, but has the legal right to dictate aspects of the community’s appearance.
  3. Once you have ACC approval, purchase your equipment and save any receipts or invoices.
  4. If the system is more than 400 gallons, download and fill out a  permit form from the City website, and then leave it with the City utilities representatives at City Hall. The permit is free, and the system must be examined by the City Water Conservation Inspector after installation to assure compliance with our rules and to get the rebate.
  5. If the system is less than 400 gallons, purchase the system and install it, and then download a registration form, complete the form and bring it to the utilities office. The registration for the smaller system is also free. As with the larger systems, the City must inspect the system before allowing a rebate.
City rainfall harvesting rules

  1. Rain Barrels or tanks may not be placed in front of a home or business.
  2. The City allows no more than two barrels or tanks on a property.
  3. There is no limit on size or capacity of rainfall catchment systems.
  4. Rainwater from the system may not be used for drinking water in Horseshoe Bay.
  5. The City rebates only factory-made components, but not installation labor.
  6. Rain catchment systems may be tied to irrigation systems if the irrigation system is isolated from the public water supply and household plumbing by a reduced pressure zone backflow prevention assembly.
For questions about rain harvesting or the rebate program, call Bill Teeter at 830-598-9973.